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January 28, 2013
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • Companies look to employee referrals for talent
    Many large companies have ramped up their internal hiring efforts since the recession, in some cases looking to get up to half of new hires from employee referrals. Those who support the trend point out that referred employees generally perform better and stay at the company longer than do workers hired from jobs websites. "In the HR world, applicants from Monster or other job boards carry a stigma," HR consultant John Sullivan says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Budget threats may hit engagement at federal agencies
    Federal agencies face a tough challenge of persuading workers that government careers are worthwhile even while budget cuts threaten to minimize training, promotion opportunities and salaries. To succeed, leaders should find creative ways to invest in worker development, share positive stories among team members and remind employees of the virtue of public service, writes Jackson Nickerson of Washington University. Government Executive (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • How to avoid stinking up your company
    Great bosses know that "a skunk stinks from the head down," and that businesses similarly succeed or fail based on their leadership, writes Bill McBean in this book excerpt. To avoid making a stink, aim to be determined, humble, transparent and flexible, McBean advises. "If you want to give your business a good start toward success, it has to start with leadership, and leadership has to start with you," he writes. Fast Company online (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Amazon product-page résumé is a hit
    Web product manager Philippe Dubost has generated viral buzz for his résumé by making it look like an Amazon product page. Dubost used the "customer reviews" section to list his work experience, but also tied the page to a LinkedIn page. "I'd say we do have a pretty good idea of how good Dubost is at his job. The guy is a web product manager, and his resume is per se a wildly successful web product. And as his Twitter feed attests, Dubost has been working day and night for the past 36 hours to respond to praise, media requests, and constructive criticism," writes Will Oremus. NDTV (India) (1/28), Slate/Future Tense blog (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on Workforce readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
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Nationwide Contract Owner Operator Recruiter -Full or Part Time Paramount Freight Systems LLCDallas/Fort Worth, TX
Director, Human ResourcesFiservNorcross, GA
Sr. HR Generalist - RSSP Human Resources UC BerkeleyBerkeley, CA
Corporate Recruiter (14-050)BioClinicaNewtown, PA
Human Resources Coordinator Phoenix Park HotelWashington, DC
Chief Human Resources OfficerAmerican Bar Association Greater Chicago Area, IL
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